EU referendum: Economic experts warning of Brexit are like Nazis, claims Michael Gove

Justice Secretary says experts cannot be trusted and pointed to the German scientists used to denounce Albert Einstein to back up his point

Oliver Wright
Political Editor
Wednesday 22 June 2016 10:44
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'With so many unemployed and with the nature of the single currency so damaging, freeing ourselves from that project can only strengthen our economy,' Michael Gove said
'With so many unemployed and with the nature of the single currency so damaging, freeing ourselves from that project can only strengthen our economy,' Michael Gove said

Economic experts warning about the fall-out of Brexit are like the Nazis who orchestrated a smear campaign against Albert Einstein in the 1930s, Michael Gove has claimed.

In inflammatory remarks just hours before polls open the Justice Secretary, who co-chairs the Vote Leave campaign, said experts could not always be trusted and pointed to the German scientists used to denounce Einstein to back up his point.

"I think the key thing here is to interrogate the assumptions that are made and to ask if these arguments are good,” he told LBC Radio.

"We have to be careful about historical comparisons, but Albert Einstein during the 1930s was denounced by the German authorities for being wrong and his theories were denounced, and one of the reasons of course he was denounced was because he was Jewish.

"They got 100 German scientists in the pay of the government to say that he was wrong and Einstein said: 'Look, if I was wrong, one would have been enough."'

Mr Gove added: "The truth is that if you look at the quality of the analysis, if you look at the facts on the ground, you can come to an appropriate conclusion.

"And the appropriate conclusion, I think, all of us can come to is that with growth rates so low in Europe, with so many unemployed and with the nature of the single currency so damaging, freeing ourselves from that project can only strengthen our economy."

Mr Gove made his comments after being challenged over why he is not heeding the advice of many economists who have warned that Brexit could have dire consequences and tip the economy into recession.

The International Monetary Fund, ten Nobel-prize winning economists and the Bank of England have all warned that leaving the EU could damage the economy.

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